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Hermann, Ronald S. – Electronic Journal of Science Education, 2016
Elementary teachers play a crucial role in breaking the cycle of continued evolution controversy. They have the capacity to introduce concepts at the same time students may first encounter antievolution messages. This study compares elementary education majors' religiosity, acceptance and understanding of evolution to other majors. Results…
Descriptors: Elementary Education, Evolution, Comparative Analysis, Undergraduate Students
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Harrell, Pamela Esprivalo; Subramaniam, Karthigeyan – Electronic Journal of Science Education, 2014
This article details a study that investigated 55 elementary pre-service teachers' content knowledge about density. Using a mixed-methods approach, pre/post face-to-face interviews and pre/post concepts maps (Cmaps) were used as data to document changes in teacher knowledge which occurred over a 15-week science methods course. Thematic analysis…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Elementary Education, Scientific Concepts, Knowledge Level
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Christie, Alice A.; Rillero, Peter; Cleland, JoAnn V.; Wetzel, Keith A.; Zambo, Ron; Buss, Ray R. – Electronic Journal of Science Education, 2001
Highlights two benefits of guiding teachers through a collaborative process for developing instructional units and informing them in advance that their work will be published on the Internet. Through a nationally recognized project, in-service and pre-service teachers designed mathematics and science units for their own use but also for…
Descriptors: Elementary Education, Instructional Materials, Internet, Mathematics Education
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Hammrich, Penny; Price, Lynda; Slesaransky-Poe, Graciela – Electronic Journal of Science Education, 2001
Describes a program called Daughters with Disabilities which was created to address the fact that individuals with disabilities, especially girls, are widely under-served and under-educated in the areas of science, mathematics, engineering, and technology. Describes a program that breaks down barriers for girls with disabilities in special…
Descriptors: Disabilities, Disability Discrimination, Elementary Education, Equal Education
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Beeth, Michael E.; Cross, Linda; Pearl, Christy; Pirro, Janice; Yagnesak, Kara; Kennedy, Janette – Electronic Journal of Science Education, 2001
Reports on the development and implementation of a rubric for assessing science process knowledge in grades K-6. Presents excerpts from interviews conducted with teachers applying this rubric to assess students' science process knowledge to substantiate claims about the usefulness of the rubric as an assessment tool. (Author/MM)
Descriptors: Elementary Education, Inquiry, Science Instruction, Science Process Skills
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Klein, Beth Shiner; Matkins, Juanita Jo; Weaver, Starlin D. – Electronic Journal of Science Education, 2001
Describes the continuation of a project that used collaborative technologies to team teach elementary science methods courses across three different public institutions. Student outcomes for the project indicate positive change in comfort with technology and understanding science education issues. (Author/MM)
Descriptors: Computer Uses in Education, Course Descriptions, Elementary Education, Internet
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Settlage, John – Electronic Journal of Science Education, 2000
Describes how 3rd grade students' photographs were used to assess the influence of hands-on science instruction within an urban classroom. The photos and individual interviews were used to assess: (1) what the students perceived was included and involved with science; (2) how the students connected their school science experiences to their daily…
Descriptors: Elementary Education, Photographs, Photography, Science Education
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Lilly, James Edward; Sirochman, Rudy F. – Electronic Journal of Science Education, 2000
Introduces a curriculum model for teaching physical science to the pre-service elementary school teacher entitled "Powerful Ideas in Physical Science (PIPS)". This model was developed by members of the American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT) and is inquiry-based, hands-on, and discrepant-event based. (Author/MM)
Descriptors: Elementary Education, Experiential Learning, Hands on Science, Preservice Teachers
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Jacobs, George M.; Ward, Christopher S. – Electronic Journal of Science Education, 2000
Uses two sources to derive insight into student-student interaction in science classrooms. Describes then uses cooperative learning and systemic functional linguistics to analyze a transcript of student-student interaction from an elementary school science classroom. Discusses implications for improving teaching practice with particular emphasis…
Descriptors: Cooperation, Cooperative Learning, Discourse Analysis, Elementary Education
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Crowther, David T. – Electronic Journal of Science Education, 1998
Proposes that preservice elementary education majors encounter five hurdles as they experience their science methods course: (1) reservations and hesitations or the anxiety stage; (2) awareness/enjoyment stage; (3) intrinsic shift; (4) rapid building of self confidence and self efficacy; and (5) empowerment. (MVL)
Descriptors: Elementary Education, Elementary School Teachers, Methods Courses, Preservice Teacher Education
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Neathery, M. Faye; Glynn, Justine; Long, Katherine – Electronic Journal of Science Education, 1998
This professional development collaborative involved state agencies, local industry, an outdoor learning center, a university, and teams of teachers from rural schools. The program had three main goals: to introduce inquiry-based approaches to science teaching in the elementary classroom, to utilize field experiences to connect the program to…
Descriptors: Elementary Education, Experiential Learning, Inquiry, Professional Development
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Kamen, Michael; Roth, Wolff-Michael; Flick, Lawrence B.; Shapiro, Bonnie; Barden, Laura; Kean, Elizabeth; Marble, Stephen; Lemke, Jay – Electronic Journal of Science Education, 1997
Presents the opportunity to continue and enhance the dialogue about ways to research and understand children's discourse during science activities and inquiry processes by opening a window onto a variety of techniques, methods, and approaches to the analysis of one short discussion between several elementary students. (Author/MVL)
Descriptors: Discourse Analysis, Elementary Education, Inquiry, Language Role
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Neathery, M. Faye – Electronic Journal of Science Education, 1997
This study (n=711), using students from grades 4-7, focused on the following questions: (1) Do any of the variables of gender, ethnicity, ability, and grade have a relationship with student attitudes toward science as a subject? and (2) Is there a significant relationship between students' attitudes toward science and science achievement?…
Descriptors: Elementary Education, Ethnicity, Gender Issues, Middle Schools
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Gess-Newsome, Julie – Electronic Journal of Science Education, 1999
Explores potential answers to the question, How do we best ensure adequate and appropriate science instruction at the elementary level? Outlines, through an examination of scientific literacy, the attributes needed in a teacher for effective science instruction. Evaluates five delivery models for elementary science instruction. Concludes with a…
Descriptors: Delivery Systems, Elementary Education, Instructional Systems, Professional Development
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Crowther, David T. – Electronic Journal of Science Education, 1999
Presents one way to use an organized approach to investigation in order to compare and contrast different paper towel brands for their absorption capabilities. Uses investigation procedures rather than formal experimentation procedures due to the nature of the investigation. (Author/MM)
Descriptors: Elementary Education, Science Activities, Science Experiments, Science Instruction
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